David Bowie Birthday and Album Release
(08 Jan 2016)

David Bowie Birthday Expresso

David Bowie Birthday and Album Release

 

Musical chameleon David Bowie has been a folksinger, androgyne, blue-eyed soul man, art-rocker and a modern pop star, and today this eccentric superstar is turning 69 AND releasing his 25th studio album!

To celebrate, we're looking at some of the strange and wonderful facts and moments of Bowie's career.

 

1. David Bowie's real name is actually David Robert Jones, but changed his last name to 'Bowie' to avoid confusion with The Monkees member Davy Jones. The singer took his name after the American Bowie knife because he said "it cuts both ways”.

 

2. His right eye has a permanently dilated pupil after he was punched in the eye by school friend George Underwood during a fight over a girl. His eye took a further hit when a well-aimed lollipop hit him on stage in Oslo, Norway in 2004.

David Bowie Eyes Expresso

Image via youtube.com

 

3. Bowie's first US number one was his single 'Fame' in 1975. John Lennon co-wrote it and appeared on the backing vocals.

 

4. Bowie has adopted a multitude of different stage after-egos over the years, all with their own look and personality. They include Arnold Corns, Major Tom, Aladdin Sane, Thin White Duke and most famously, Ziggy Stardust. Bowie has this to say about Ziggy Stardust: "wouldn't leave me alone for years. That was when it all started to go sour ... My whole personality was affected. It became very dangerous. I really did have doubts about my sanity."

Ziggy Stardust Expresso

Images via teamrock.com

 

5. Bowie started playing saxophone at the age of 12, and now plays a whole bunch of different instruments, including the mandolin, cello and harmonica. In fact, Bowie plays just about every instrument on 'Diamond Dogs' - including the famous guitar riff on 'Rebel Rebel'.

 

6. Bowie has had 23 top ten hits in the UK and two US number ones. 'Let's Dance' is his biggest selling album, selling 8 million copies worldwide.

 

 

7. Bowie was offered a knighthood from the Queen in 2003, but turned it down. He said “I would never have any intention of accepting anything like that. I seriously don't know what it's for. It's not what I spent my life working for”. Well okay then.

 

8. Bowie was trained in mime by Kate Bush's choreographer, Lindsey Kemp. His mime skills re-emerged as a warm-up performance for T. Rex in 1969, while the band were still a folk act called Tyrannosaurus Rex. He also starred in the Broadway production of The Elephant Man in 1980, and also starred as Pontius Pilate in Martin Scorsese's 'The Last Temptation of Christ' in 1988.

 

Happy birthday Bowie – don't ever change!

 

David Bowie Expresso

Image via vam.ac.uk/ Masayoshi Sukita

 

 

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